About awards

The AGS Awards were held at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City on the 24th of May 2021.
Alongside premier networking opportunities, this extravagant awards gala rewarded those who have led, innovated, and significantly impacted the business industry. Truly an unforgettable night of celebrating achievements that shined a spotlight on some of the most intriguing and creative projects to change the face of the Digital Marketing & Affiliate sector.

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ONE SEAT

1 seat at the UAE Awards – 200€

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ONE TABLE

One Table of 5 seats at the UAE Gaming Awards – €2000
Enjoy an evening of celebration and achievement and invite your employees, friends, or leads!
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AWARD SPONSOR

The package costs €2000 and include:

  • 5 seats at the Gala Awards Dinner (€1000)
  • Contribution to the SiGMA Foundation
  • Exclusive sponsorship of the award of your choice – please note that you cannot be nominated for the award you are sponsoring
  • Brand visibility on online channels

Sponsor an award now by sending your request to  [email protected]

TITLE sponsor

The Title/Main Award Sponsorship package costs €35.000 and includes:

  • Exclusive title sponsorship of the Awards
  • Large online and onsite branding visibility
  • 10 seats at the Gala Awards Dinner (€2000) – central table
  • Contribution to the SiGMA Foundation
  • Exclusive sponsorship of the award of your choice – please note that you cannot be nominated for the award you are sponsoring
  • Brand visibility on online channels

Sponsor now by sending your request at [email protected]

Award categories

Give recognition where it’s due by nominating someone whose work has created a positive impact on the AGS industry.

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best marketing agency of the year
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best marketing agency of the year

In today's data-driven world innovation drives success. This award highlights marketing agencies that can lead multi-layered campaigns and create iconic content whilst following a clear and focused pursuit of the objective. Drive, attention to detail and originality will be key.

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best marketing technology of the year
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best marketing technology of the year

We're shining a spotlight on the tech making waves in the affiliate marketing industry. Investing in the right technology is a crucial part of rising customer expectations - our check list considers adoption, impact and results.

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best affiliate networks of the year
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best affiliate networks of the year

Affiliate networks that have built a reputation based on trust are ticking all the right boxes when it comes to getting the best results for their customers - we're looking for a program that's earnt its stripes in the affiliate playing field.

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Best media agency of the year
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Best media agency of the year

This award recognises cutting-edge media agencies making new use of interactive content to take their media and marketing to the next level as we enter a new digital age.

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Best Marketing Solution Provider of the Year
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Best Marketing Solution Provider of the Year

Invaluable to a business world that has faced disruption and instability over the past year, these services are key to determining the effectiveness and success of some of the top companies out there.

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Best Advertising platform of the year
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Best Advertising platform of the year

From the mainstream to the unexpected, the award honours the best advertising platforms opening up new channels for growth as they help their clients cut through the competition.

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Best crypto affiliate of the year
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Best crypto affiliate of the year

With crypto on the tip of everyone's tounges, this newly emerging niche offers a powerful audience to affiliates. We're looking for affiliates that are paving the way to easier navigation of trading and investing in the digital financial market.

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influencer of the year
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influencer of the year

As multiple mediums compete for attention, our eyes are on the influencers highlighting creative collaboration and inspiring the marketplace through meaningful storytelling.

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Best saas platforms
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Best saas platforms

Over the years SaaS platforms have changed the face of online businesses. We're examining platforms that leverage cloud-based tech to optimise operations and capitalise on big data.

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Industry rising star
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Industry rising star

This award gives space to new entries to the market. Competing under the shadow of industry giants can be intimidating - here we recognise your great ideas, giving you a platform to shine.

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Best Lead Generation Tool of the year
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Best Lead Generation Tool of the year

Lead generation is more than just getting people to visit your site in the first place. A great lead generaton tool will drive communication - making it easy to turn traffic into loyal customers. We shine a spotlight on the best-of-the-best.

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Best Ad Network of the year
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Best Ad Network of the year

Save time, boost revenue, and ensure year-round success. There's no better way to ensure publisher business success in 2021 than partnering with the best ad networks in the industry.

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Best Advertiser of the Year
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Best Advertiser of the Year

Strategy, skill, and creativity are the cornerstones of award-winning advertising campaigns. Our judges are celebrating the pursuit of creative excellence with this award, focussing on advertisers that show a deep and meaninful understanding of their target demographic.

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Best Publisher of the year
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Best Publisher of the year

With more and more new trends dominating the digital marketing landscape every year, publishers are getting back to their roots and following a content-first approach. This award focuses on publishers who have embraced creativity and excellence as a part of their strategy.

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hosts & judges

Jessica Walker

host

Wade Tonkin

judge

Wade Tonkin is the Director, Global Affiliate Marketing at Fanatics. He has been managing affiliate programs since 1999. He’s currently the Senior Affiliate Manager at Fanatics, running a team that oversees affiliate programs for 30 + ecommerce sites including Fanatics.com, NFLShop.com, MLBShop.com, NBAStore.com, Shop.NHL.com, Lids.com and SportsMemorabilia.com as well as for pro and college sports teams including the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and more. Wade has been recognized as aWin/ShareASale Advertiser Team of the Year for 2018, a 2 time AvantLink Affiliate Manager of the Year and is a two time Exceptional Merchant Pinnacle Award Winner with Fanatics. Wade lives in Orange Park, FL with his family and enjoys OrangeTheory workouts and Trail Running.

Jeannine Crooks

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With over 20 years of experience in affiliate marketing, Jeannine is considered one of the senior figures in the industry. She's worked in virtually every facet of affiliate marketing, spending time as an affiliate, merchant, vendor and now with an affiliate network. Jeannine is a frequent speaker at several conferences, including Affiliate Summit, TBEX, WITS, CardCon, and FinCon. Jeannine has just been elected to the Board of Directors of the PMA - Performance Marketing Association.

Vincenzo Armato

judge

I have been an affiliate marketer since 2012. During these almost 10 years I have started many affiliate projects with many European companies, always in profit. I am the founder of my company, the Otherways, and of my affiliate network, AdvRevolution. To date we have a good volume of business with very satisfied advertisers and affiliates. In 2019 I was invited to participate in the SiGMA Road Show in New Jersey, and in 2020 I was one of the judges of the IGB Affiliate Awards, the only Italian one.

Nick Ayton

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Nik Ayton is a global thought leader, writer and speaker on all things Blockchain, Ai and Quantum Computing. He founder Chainstarter Ventures to match capital with great projects and has been part of the Family Office community for several years. With 45 years in technology and several start up behind him, he delivers ground breaking talks to audiences all over the world. Nick is making a TV Series about the existential threat of AI and works with a range of clients to raise capital and design and build decentralised operating models built on Blockchains.

Hidai Degani

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Helping businesses leverage Digital, Customer Experience & Multiculturalism for profitable growth. Vast & broad global senior management experience from various roles, companies & industries (eCommerce, eGaming, FinTech, SMEs & Loyalty), and a track record of success. Originally from the Tech industry in Israel, with extensive global experience including 5 successful relocations to Gibraltar, London, Berlin, Malta & Ireland, by different international companies. highly proficient in the latest technologies & trends, with the knowledge & skills needed to assess & utilise them to create and maximize real tangible business value.

Chris Tradgett

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Chris Tradgett is CMO and co-founder of Publisher Discovery. He has over 18 years' experience in affiliate, was one of the founding team of the buy.at affiliate network, which was acquired by AOL and then Awin. His client side experience covers individual consulting projects as well as inhouse affiliate manager for Easyspace. More recently Chris was the originator and co-founder of Publisher Discovery which is used by networks, OPMs and advertisers worldwide. Chris is also a management board member of the Performance Marketing Association.

Yancy Naughton

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Dustin Howes

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Dustin Howes is the owner of PerformanceMarketingManager.com, an online academy dedicated to training affiliate managers how to recruit the right affiliates, optimize their time, and take the growth of the program to the next level.

Ryan Zimmerman

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Ryan Zimmerman is the Director of Business Development at Avenue Link. He has been in the internet marketing business for nearly 20 years and has become an expert on Lead Generation and Affiliate Marketing. He is currently focusing on developing partnerships with traffic/data partners as well as clients for Avenue Link's bread and butter: the consumer personal loan vertical. Ryan is a member of the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board, has written multiple articles for Feedfront Magazine, a self published author and is Google Adwords certified. Ryan graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Advertising and currently resides in Lenexa, Kansas where he's a dad to three girls. He enjoys scary movies, fantasy football, pizza, video games, discovering new music and watching his daughters play soccer year round.

Ana Maria Diazgranados

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Ana Maria is founder of Mundo Experts, a digital marketing consulting firm, specialized on LinkedIn strategies for companies and professionals for personal branding, B2B, content creation and career development. Ana Maria has developed digital strategies for companies in various industries in Latin America, built more than 1,000 personal brands and participated as keynote speaker on topics related to LinkedIn in Colombia, Qatar and the US. Ana Maria is from Colombia, and has 12 years of experience developing marketing and communications strategies for technological and biometrical companies with operation in Latin America and the US. Ana Maria holds a bachelor’s in communications and a master’s in international communication from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia.

Kris Trujillo

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Kris Trujillo is the owner and founder of Full Service Funnels. He has been in the affiliate marketing industry since 2006. He is most known for his educational products in the affiliate marketing space and creating some of the most well known direct response supplement brands. Kris and his team currently manage over 100 brands in the affiliate marketing industry generating over $500 Million in gross revenues for clients. Kris has worked in every aspect of the affiliate marketing industry from being an affiliate, affiliate manager, blogger, advertiser, advertiser manager, network owner, merchant processor, and more. He truly is an affiliate marketing powerhouse.

Stephen Robinson

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Stephen Robinson is the Affiliate Marketing Director at JEBCommerce, an award winning agency focused on delivering profitability to our clients & partners. In 16+ years in affiliate marketing, Stephen has experience managing start-ups to enterprise clients such as Audible, Palm, Hilton Hotels, Bodybuilding and Eastern Mountain Sports. Currently he is responsible for overseeing the affiliate team and 30+ clients at JEBCommerce. He spoke at Affiliate Summit West 2020 and has been published in several industry publications. Stephen lives in Eastern Washington and enjoys spending time on the water with his family and running and swimming with wife as he trains for Ironman Coeur d’Alene.

Bill Somerville

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Insurance Agent turned marketer - Bill Somerville has been operating in the industry since early 09'. His knowledge of insurance products and sales processes pushed him deeper into consumer acquisition space. His team has generated volumes of consumers seeking insurance products. PolicyBind continues to strive to hit their mission (especially during the world health crisis) of "Simplifying the insurance shopping process for everyone

Stacy L. Carlson

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With an eye for innovation, Stacy L. Carlson has become a leading voice in creating more efficient and positive strategic partnerships and affiliate relationships for businesses. She currently serves as the Partner Manager for Smile, a company on a quest to help people work smarter through productivity software brands, TextExpander and PDFpen. A 15-year veteran of managing affiliates, Stacy’s experience has given her many opportunities, from launching her own eCommerce business in 2005 to her current role managing Smile’s affiliate program and 4 other partner channels. She is a 2014 Alumna of the nMotion Business Accelerator and continues to work with the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, teaching an eCommerce module. Stacy lives in Lincoln, NE with her family.

Mike Carney

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Mike Carney is the Founder and President of PerformanceMarketingJOBS, our industry’s most trusted Talent recruitment partner. He’s specialized in Online solutions since 1997 and Affiliate / Performance Marketing since 2008. PerformanceMarketingJOBS has been delivering digital unicorn level hires for 8+ years now and is Service-of-the-Year winner at Affiliate Summit and an AFFY Award winner at Affiliate Ball.

Butch Hildebrand

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Butch Hildebrand is the Global Vice President of Brand Development for PAAY which is one of the premier EMV 3-D Secure providers. With an extensive background which began in online payments, Butch has worked various online service providers both as an employee, consultant, and client and it allows him to understand all phases of what it takes to run an online business. Butch is very skilled at brand development for online businesses and service providers and most recently he received an AFFY Award for Excellence in Digital Marketing.

Dave “BlueHair Dave” Giovacchini

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“BlueHair Dave” Giovacchini is the CEO and Founder of Roxs Marketing, The BHD Plan Digital Marketing Courses and Blue Hair Dave Youtube Channel. With 13 years in the affiliate, email and digital marketing space he still relies on email marketing as his main revenue engine. Winner of the 2 Comma Club Award from Clickfunnels in 2018 as well as an AFFY in 2019 Roxs Marketing has added other traffic sources to the companies arsenal such as Facebook, Youtube, SMS, Adwords and Native advertising. The launch of The BHD Plan Courses and Mentoring has achieved rapid success in helping otherwise unprofitable online marketers become profitable using the same path/funnel/email techniques that Dave and Roxs Marketing use but are now available to small shops and ‘lone wolf’ affiliates.

Jake Dearstyne

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Jake is our Chief Revenue Officer and leads our overall business development, sales, and client services/support team based in Charleston, SC. He has been with OPTIZMO for over 9 years and was the first person to join the team with our co-founders. Over the course of his career prior to OPTIZMO, Jake has experience in everything from service industry positions to technical recruiting and staffing to sales and on-site activation of interactive campaigns at sporting and music events for brands such as Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Spirit Airlines.

Tom Wozniak

judge

Wozniak heads up marketing and PR for OPTIZMO, delivering the industry’s most robust platform for email compliance and suppression list management to clients throughout the U.S. and around the world. He brings over 20 years of experience in affiliate, email, display, video, and other forms of digital marketing. Tom is a regular speaker at various digital marketing industry events and also writes for Forbes and various other news outlets.

Shawn Collins

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Shawn Collins has been an affiliate marketer since 1997. Shawn Co-Founded the affiliate marketing conference Affiliate Summit. His book, ‘Successful Affiliate Marketing for Merchants‘ is the best-selling book in the space, and it is considered to be required reading by affiliate managers. He wrote the Amazon best-selling book, Extra Money Answer, as well as Affiliate Manager Boot Camp: Recruiting, Educating, and Retaining Affiliates.

Amanda Farris

judge

Experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in technology, real estate, financial, and architectural & design industries. Skilled in marketing, operations, global communications, event management, strategic planning, content writing, international business development and public speaking.

FAQ

HOW ARE NOMINEES SELECTED FOR THE AWARDS?

Anyone working in the Affiliate & Digital Industry can nominate a company/project or person in one of the listed categories. The five best nominations will be shortlisted with the winner to be selected by a combination of judges (70% votes) and the public (30%).

Deadline to nominate for the upcoming AGS Europe Awards: Sept. 19th 2021 | Deadline to vote: Nov. 8th 2021 | Winners revealed: Nov. 18th 2021

HOW CAN I NOMINATE FOR THE AWARDS?

You just need to click here – easy peasy!

CAN I SPONSOR THE EVENT?

Contact us for more details in order to have exclusive VIP visibility during the Awards Night.

ONE SEAT

1 seat at the UAE Awards – 200€

Enjoy an evening of celebration and achievement.

Book it now by sending your request at [email protected]

ONE TABLE

One Table of 5 seats at the UAE Gaming Awards – €2000
Enjoy an evening of celebration and achievement and invite your employees, friends, or leads!
Book it now by sending your request to [email protected]

AWARD SPONSOR

The package costs €2000 and include:

  • 5 seats at the Gala Awards Dinner (€1000)
  • Contribution to the SiGMA Foundation
  • Exclusive sponsorship of the award of your choice – please note that you cannot be nominated for the award you are sponsoring
  • Brand visibility on online channels

Sponsor an award now by sending your request to  [email protected]

TITLE sponsor

The Title/Main Award Sponsorship package costs €35.000 and includes:

  • Exclusive title sponsorship of the Awards
  • Large online and onsite branding visibility
  • 10 seats at the Gala Awards Dinner (€2000) – central table
  • Contribution to the SiGMA Foundation
  • Exclusive sponsorship of the award of your choice – please note that you cannot be nominated for the award you are sponsoring
  • Brand visibility on online channels

Sponsor now by sending your request at [email protected]

charity auction items

UMA ABSTRACT NUMBER 3

Uma x Mark Mallia Collaboration

This abstract is part of a unique collaboration between the Maltese artist Mark Mallia and the AI artist entity Uma, the Universal Machine Artist. Each abstract in this series is from Mark’s training of the artificial intelligence, where the AI is learning how to compose a beautiful abstract work of art, together with the techniques used to paint it on canvas. Each painting is a one off that will never be repeated again and is a unique collectable representing the early age of Artificial Intelligence-Human Collaboration Art.

HEAL THE WORLD

Reuven Schockner

With a background in graffiti art, Reuven Schockner is currently focused on the rise of crypto and the fall of fiat. His use of banknotes highlights the changing nature of money throughout civilization, providing a chance for us to reflect and change.

VITALIK WITH A PIPE

ao_iconic, Anastasia Machikhina

Vitalik Buterin does not require any introduction.
The icon of the world of cryptocurrencies in the classical traditions of painting languidly looks at the fuss around his child.
The author saw a striking portrait resemblance of Vitalik and character of the famous painting by Pablo Picasso “Boy with a Pipe”. At the sale of the collection in 2004, “The Boy with the Pipe” was sold at Sotheby’s for a record price of $ 104 million at that time.
New times new idols.
120 * 45cm


All proceeds from this fund-raiser will go towards the SiGMA Foundation.